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Review of Holiday Inn Washington DC-Central/White House

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Holiday Inn Washington DC-Central/White House
Ranked #55 of 140 Hotels in Washington DC
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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45 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“No surprises”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2014

Everything you expect from a Holiday Inn: good location and all the conveniences. It's in a pretty corner of DC, surrounded by Victorian buildings. Lots of restaurants of all descriptions, and walking distance to the DC attractions: 15 minutes to the White house, 30 to the Capitol or the Lincoln Memorial. TV, good WiFi (including printing facility), tea/coffe/hot chocolate, a desk, and a safe all in your room. What more could you want?

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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49 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2014

The location of this hotel is ideal for walking and seeing most sights.
The front desk staff were very friendly and helpful. The restaurant is rather pricy for the items offered. And staff was rather slow to wait on our table and also to bring the food.

Room Tip: Ask for a room away from the street. Rhode Island Ave. It is very noisy, with sirens & honking...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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IHGCare, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Washington DC-Central/White House, responded to this review, 31 July 2014
Dear Tusitala10,

Thank you for your feedback. It is lovely to hear you liked our location and found the front desk staff friendly and helpful. It is regrettable your stay was negatively affected by the poor service you experienced in the restaurant. Please be assured that your comments will be forwarded to the proper department for review. We are confident the necessary adjustments will be made, in order to achieve complete guest satisfaction.

Again, thank you for your time and for staying with us.

Sincerely,

Connie D
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IHGCare
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33 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2014 via mobile

I this holiday Inn is great nice modern place.it is convient. To everything. My family enjoyed how close everything..The rooftop pool is nice you can see the white house from the pool .The restaurant in the hotel has food but pretty high in price..I got a shrimp salad at the bar it was very good..

Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Newbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2014

Our first impression of the hotel was how friendly the reception staff are - they juggled our rooms around and managed to get us two adjoining: a lovely suite for my husband and me (room 525), and a twin suite for our teenage daughters (526). Our suite had a seating area (sofa and chair), plus a desk, 2 TVs (which was amusing as they were only 6ft apart so it might have been tricky to watch 2 different programmes!), a massive bed, a fridge and a microwave, and an iron and ironing board. The best bit of all was that the bathroom next to the bed had a bath/shower, loo and basin (but not much storage space), but there was an extra loo and basin the other end of the suite, with masses of storage space! Glorious .. I could spread all my toiletries out in the extra cloakroom and only use the bathroom for my showers .. marital harmony guaranteed :) We did have a balcony, but the door had been nailed shut (we guessed that maybe there had been a break-in in the past), which was a bit frustrating.

The girls' room had two double beds, a large desk with TV and plenty of storage space, and a bath/shower room with loo and basin, plus an extra basin and mirror outside.

The only downsides to our rooms were that (1) they were directly opposite the lift, which meant that we heard the "ping" every time the lift arrived at our floor, plus we were subjected to the usual inconsiderate people talking at normal volume while they waited for the lift, even late at night and very early in the morning, and (2) the air conditioning was a little flaky - it was hard to get the right temperature and the system was incredibly clanky. We got used to it after the first night (we stayed for 6 nights).

The hotel décor could do with a bit of attention, but the facilities were really impressive. The pool on the roof is - again - basic, but perfectly adequate and an absolute joy after a hot day sightseeing. The pool is a good size and there's quite a lot of seating around the edges. Small towels are provided free for the time you're up there. The views are quite good too. On the 9th floor there is a complimentary laundry room (by which I mean that use of the two washers and two dryers is free!) - you need either to pay for washing powder from the little vending unit in the room, buy some locally, or (best of all) bring your own. American washing powder is, in my experience, pretty insipid .. take some Bold liquid tabs with you! The machines are new, clean and quick .. obviously you need to plan your wash time so that it doesn't coincide with everyone else's. This was a massive advantage for us, since we had packed quite a small amount of clothing to save on luggage weight for the flight.

The bar area isn't very appealing, but breakfast is plentiful and the serving staff are friendly and helpful. You can get free tea and coffee from a machine in the lobby, and take it up to your room or drink it in the bar area. Nice feature, since there is no kettle in the room, only a rather cheap percolator which we avoided using.

The Whole Foods Market on P Street is fantastic for absolutely everything: bottled water, fresh fruit, snacks, take-away healthy hot and cold meals .. all the things you need to boost your stay. Hotel staff are happy to direct you there and don't try to persuade you to eat only at the hotel.

We had a hire car during our stay, and the parking area below the hotel is very convenient. The spaces are small and not terribly easy to manoeuvre into and out of, but that's what you'd expect in a city hotel. You're only a few blocks' walk from the White House and all the other DC attractions, so we didn't use the subway or the buses, but it was handy to drive to Alexandria, Georgetown and Arlington Cemetery.

I would certainly stay in this hotel again, and would recommend it to anyone as a base for sightseeing or work in DC.

Room Tip: I can recommend 525 and 526 to couples travelling with teenage children, as we were - they adjoin (a...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Charleston, South Carolina
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2014 via mobile

we stayed in this hotel one night right before theJuly 4th weekendthe hotel was very busy yet staff took the time to meet ourevery needthe kids loved the rooftop pool. My son put his ipod in the room safe and then could not get the safe open.
The front desk manager as well as the maintenance staff took about 30 minutes to fix the problem. They were as nice as could be and very apologetic. The front desk manager gave us complimentary breakfast tickets to compensate us for our trouble. The only part about this hotel that we really did not like is the parking garage. The spaces are very small and it's difficult to get in and out. of.

  • Stayed July 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Kathleen F
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West Bloomfield, Michigan
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11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2014

We had an excellent stay at this location. It is a great value for it's location, which is how you have to look at it. The staff is great and was really helpful, check in and out were easy. The rooftop pool was nice, though it opens kind of late, 10am and closes at dusk. The building is a little aging but the rooms are updated. A better value for breakfast is the Whole Foods around the corner, which is cheaper (ikr) and much bigger. Great neighborhood, comfortable rooms, nice staff at an excellent price make this a great choice.

Room Tip: We were high up, so it was very quiet.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank RPhillips174
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Birmingham, UK
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13 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2014

My friend and I stayed here for three nights and would recommend this hotel. The staff were friendly and helpful and we had a room with two double beds which were very comfy. We were on the fifth floor and our room was toward the back of the hotel so it was lovely and quiet. We didn't get chance to try out the roof top pool as we were too busy seeing the sights. The McPherson metro station is only a few blocks away and the metro is definitely the best way to get around to see the sights. We found a good restaurant called Logan's Tavern only a block away and there were more around Connecticut Street which was about a ten minute walk away. I would happily stay here again if I go back to Washington.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank dawn16ac
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Property: Holiday Inn Washington DC-Central/White House
Address: 1501 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Washington DC, DC 20005-5504
Phone Number:
Region: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC > Dupont Circle
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#11 Best Value Hotel in Washington DC
#78 Romantic Hotel in Washington DC
#79 Business Hotel in Washington DC
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Holiday Inn Washington DC-Central/White House 3*
Number of rooms: 212
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Holiday Inn Washington DC-Central/White House is conveniently located on the corner of 15th St and Rhode Island Ave, 6 blocks from the White House. The hotel is within walking distance of 2 Metro stations, within 1 mile of Amtrak, and 4 miles from Reagan National Airport and the Pentagon. The Holiday Inn Washington offers free high speed Internet and fitness center.The Holiday Inn is minutes from Washington DC area attractions, including the Smithsonian museums, Library of Congress, National Zoo, MCI Center, Washington Monument, US Capitol, Washington DC Convention Center, and Washington National Cathedral.As a proud recipient of the Quality Excellence Award for guest satisfaction and impeccable service, the Holiday Inn Central combines the elegance of mahogany with the sophistication of rich Italian marble. Dine at Avenue Cafe(C), our full-service restaurant that specializes in American cuisine and where Kids Eat Free! Enjoy a specialty drink in the lounge, or go to our rooftop to swim in the outdoor pool or delight in a panoramic view of the city.We offer flexible meeting space ideal for business and social events. The Holiday Inn in Washington, DC has a gift shop, game room, underground parking, and self-laundry facilities. We invite you enjoy our stylish comfort, convenience and excellent hotel service. ... more   less 
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